Rising UFC Star Brian “T-City” Ortega has taken the MMA world by storm after finishing Frankie Edgar last night keeping his undefeated record in tact and 8-0 UFC record with all finishes. Little do fans know, Ortega has lived a life that’s only seen in Hollywood movies. On a recent episode of “The Big Brown Breakdown”, Ortega and his coach Rener Gracie discuss his past life growing up in one of the worst ghettos in Los Angeles filled with Gang Banging, Police Chases, Drive by’s, shootouts and jail time.
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Brian Martin Ortega (born February 21, 1991) is an Mexican-American mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2010, he has also competed for the RFA, where he was the Featherweight Champion. Ortega was born in Los Angeles and is of Mexican descent. He grew up in section 8 housing project of San Pedro California. Brian Ortega is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who trains at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy under Rorion Gracie, and his sons Ryron, Rener, and Ralek Gracie in Torrance, California.
When Ortega was 17, he met boxing coach James Luhrsen who took him in and trained him in striking skills. Ortega began his career competing for regional promotions exclusively in Southern California. He won his first pro-MMA championship against Carlos Garces in a five round bout via unanimous decision, becoming the Respect In The Cage featherweight champion. Ortega went on to compile an undefeated record of 8-0 before signing with the UFC in April 2014. He credited his success to support and love from James Luhrsen and Rener Gracie
It’s disputed whether the promoters intended for the event to become a precursor to a series of future events. “That show was only supposed to be a one-off”, eventual UFC president Dana White said. “It did so well on pay-per-view they decided to do another, and another. Never in a million years did these guys think they were creating a sport.” Art Davie, in his 2014 book Is This Legal?, an account of the creation of the first UFC event, disputes the perception that the UFC was seen by WOW Promotions and SEG as a one-off, since SEG offered a five-year joint development deal to WOW. He says, “Clearly, both Campbell and Meyrowitz shared my unwavering belief that War of the Worlds[note 1] would be a continuing series of fighting tournaments—a franchise, rather than a one-night stand.” With no weight classes, fighters often faced significantly larger or taller opponents.